I am considering switching from cable (charter) to Dish TV and I have a
few questions...since my house is already wired for cable the only new
cable would be from the dish on my roof to a new cable box in the
house?? Also I have 4 tv's in my home but only one cable box, the other
tv's are hooked up to a cable connection on the back of the tv..( no
cable box) but I can still watch tv, albeit limited channels. Will I
still be able to watch tv without a cable box? I will have a DVR
supplied by the dish provider, but only on one tv.
The latest DISH receiver has an input for regular broadcast TV in
addition to the input from the satellite dish. Consequently, for no
money, you can get the broadcast channels in your area AND
their subchannels, which DISH doesn't provide with their
satellite link...... You need a regular, old style TV antenna to
You will need a DISH receiver for each TV set, which acts like
the monitor, tho you can use a channel splitter and split a
single DISH receiver output to several TV sets, but you will
only have one remote for each receiver used.
DISH remotes are now infrared, instead of RF, so you can't
go "thru walls" and use a remote in bedroom 2 to control
the receiver which may be located elsewhere. However, there
are "infrared to RF" links available for around $50, which will
allow you to do the "thru wall" operation, and they are very
easy to add.
I don't know whether your existing cables are acceptable for
DISH, but if they have to be changed, they can be taped and
pulled --- lots easier than drilling new holes --- and in any case,
the new DISH installation is free, or was a year ago......
a wealth of info on dish and direct tv..
dish is about to have a big increase on their DVR fees again:(
I dropped dish and went to comcast triple play when dish raised my
extra receiver fees from 6 dollars to 17 bucks per month
I bouht a tivo with lifetime service and a cablecard and am very
On Apr 25, 6:24 pm, email@example.com wrote:
Years ago I was a dish supporter and loved how charlie reinvented TV.
I was a dealer, and even attended a satellite launch as a VIP, got to
meet jim & Charlie:)
But then charlie turned over day to day operations to the suits:( who
increased costs all around.... for better profits.
For instance much higher DVR, extra receiver fees, and since they
kinda force you to RENT your equiptement they make you PAY to return
leased equiptement.... 25 nbucks at last report, if you refuse to pay
for the return they will charge you hundreds for non return and ruin
Plus when your signing up for service and agreeing to a CONTRACT they
wouldnt warn you costs are going up in as little as 2 days. Yet they
hold you to the contract:(
They have become customer unfriendly and years ago if you had troubles
Dish would give you a credit on your bill... Thats ended when the
suits took over...
They have these (annoying) commercials on TV, where they state that you
cna get all these things for $29.99 per month. That dont sound like
such a bad deal, because some people pay more than that just for the
internet. But that's just a scam to sucker people into signing their
contract. From someone who I know, who actually got their service, that
$29.99 is just the service. There are other costs that they dont
mention, which are required to use their service. But it dont end
there. That $29.99 is just the introductory price. After a certain
amount of time, the price almost triples. And since they got you locked
into a contract, you have little choice but to pay it, or pay extreme
penalties. The person I mentioned ended up paying close to $100 per
month after the introduction.
Personally, I wont deal with ANY companies that require contracts for
services such as this. That includes TV, internet, and cellphone. I
use prepaid cellphone, internet paid per month, and my tv signal comes
from my roof antenna.
On Apr 26, 5:05 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Oh wow, what a truly evil company. They have introductory rates
that are lower for the first year..... After that they go up.
Who would have thunk that?
Let's see, if I triple it, that makes it $90 a month. That's about
$25 less than I'm
paying for cable and internet......
Typically, no contract is required unless you want to take advantage
the special rates. For example, I have no contract with my cable
for TV or internet. If you're a new customer and you want the
rate, then you have to keep the service for a year. If you don't you
difference. I can quit at any time with no penalty. Same with most
cell phone companies.
If you want to use your own phone or buy one of theirs at full price,
you can do so.
If you want a $250 phone for FREE, or a $300 one for just $50, then
the contract for that is that you have to keep the service for 2
If you don't then you have to pay the difference. Geez... what do
In my area (San Francisco Bay Area) is $130/month (minus about
$12.50/month in rebates) for a one year contract once you add the extras
(DVR, second cable box, HD) so it works out to about $117.50. Dish works
out to about $45/month over a two year contract after all the
introductory offers are factored in, while DirecTV is a few dollars
higher at about $48/month.
You have to switch every two years between Dish and DirecTV to get the
introductory offers again otherwise the cost of satellite TV goes way up.
I wouldn't mind a "double play" for $80 per month. Who needs the
landline from Comcast when you can buy an Ooma box or some other VOIP
You will need a box for each TV. You may want to consider DirecTV
too. In fact, if you got that way I can give you my account number and
we both save $100.
I do save a few bucks with DirecTV and it has more HD channels and
more of the ones I watch. They have a new DVR that can record 5 shows
at once and you can watch them on any TV in the house.
IMO, they are all over priced, but I've been very happy with DTV for a
few years now. Our cable company really sucked.
I would read the below site before suggesting DTV. I was thinking about
it to replace my cable co. until I checked the below, and now I wouldn't
recommend it to my worst enemy.
I've had both Dish and DTV recently. Of the two (no cable available),
DTV is definitely the better system. They have better hardware and
it's far more reliable with fewer "oddities". The Dish hardware
really sucks. That said, I'd probably switch to cable if I had the
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